As our journey turned South, we experienced the gorgeous beaches of Mirissa, the historic Dutch fort of Galle, and the bustling city of Colombo. This was when we really hit our vacation groove (most of us had gotten through our jet lag by then) and we started enjoying more evenings out together, taking in as much of Sri Lanka as we could in the time we had.
Not a bad spot to watch the sun set
The view from our hotel’s rooftop in Mirissa
A mosque that looks like a candy cane
Yes, it’s a million degrees, but it’s also almost Christmas in Colombo!
A few of us napped on the way back to shore after the whales. It was an EARLY morning.
Bombing through the countryside on a local train, doors wide open. You can’t seem my knuckles, but they are WHITE. But I’m smiling.
Loved these spots along the beach. Happy hour, all the time.
Galle, which is a beautiful Dutch colonial town
This is how all of Colombo felt to me- oppressive and hectic
Mojito by the beach
Whale watching under beautiful blue skies, perfect for spotting blue whales! No pics because they always just look like lumpy black waves.
Come on over! Put your rear end in one of these chairs! You know you want to…
OK, I admit it. We hit our rice and curry limit and ordered brick oven pizza from this place, which was right across the street from our hotel. It was fantastic and I regret nothing.
The whole southern coast is quite scenic and apparently is popular with people learning to surf. Maybe next time.
Ajith tells us more facts and tidbits
Sunset from the ramparts of the Dutch fort in Galle
Early morning fishing boats
Old church in Galle
Up on the ramparts of the Dutch fort
Glittery holiday decorations everywhere
Back to Sri Lanka